“We strive toward a goal, and whether we achieve it or not is important, but it’s not what’s most important. What matters is how we move toward that goal.”
American Ultramarathoner
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David Self



Dave grew up here in the Pacific Northwest playing a variety of sports and hiking the Cascades. He has been practicing physical therapy here in Seattle since 1999. Dave has worked with professional athletes including time with the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounder development team. Dave established Magnolia Physical Therapy in 2015 to bring his unique blend of clinical expertise, and tough love to Seattle’s most active individuals. He places a strong emphasis on therapeutic exercise, patient education, and manual therapy. Dave is an expert in orthopedics, running assessment and coaching. Dave loves skiing and hiking and has walked over 1800 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail.

We believe in strong community involvement and are proud sponsors of Magnolia Little League, Queen Anne Little League, Magnolia Soccer and Ballard High School Athletics.  


As a Certified Athletic Trainer for 25 years, Dave is an expert at treating athletes and getting athletes back in the game quickly and safely. He completed a post-graduate program in manual therapy and is a specialist in assessing and treating all musculoskeletal injuries. Dave is a certified running coach and has run over a dozen marathons himself. 

Board Certification

Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (APTA)
Certified Athletic Trainer (NATA)
Certified Running Coach (UESCA)
Graston Technique Certified Specialist
Blood Flow Restriction, ORS

Professional Affiliations

American Physical Therapy Association
Washington State Physical Therapy Association
National Athletic Trainers’ Association


Doctor of Physical Therapy; Ola Grimbsy Institute (2003)
Master of Physical Therapy; Eastern Washington University (1998)
Bachelor of Arts; Central Washington University (1996))


Dave enjoys treating all orthopedic injuries, especially spine conditions, non-surgical and post-surgical shoulder and knee injuries. Running injuries.

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